The Weirdest College Scholarships

Need money for College? Great SAT scores, a solid GPA and a laundry list of extracurricular activities are no longer required if you know your options. Lucky for you, MainStreet is here to help you engineer a financial back-up plan. And if you feel a little guilty winning a college scholarship because of your height, your last name or your love of llamas, remember, you get these scholarships by being yourself (and following our instructions).

Make a Duct Tape Outfit

Duck Brand Duct Tape is currently holding its 2010 Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest.  The company gives away college scholarships to the three couples who create the best prom outfits out of their duct tape. The first place couple each wins a $3,000 scholarship to the college of their choice. The high school that hosted the prom also wins $3,000. Second place couples get $2,000; third place couples get $1,000. Ducktape Sportswear is given out for honorable mentions (no word on whether or not that clothing is made of duct tape).  Prospective entrants can take a look at past winners for ideas.

Call some Ducks

Jake Lay of Parsons, Tenn., got a $1,000 college scholarship in 2009 for winning the Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest.  The annual contest is held every November on, aptly, Main Street in Stuttgart, Ark., alongside the World Championship Duck Calling Contest. Over the past 32 years, the Memorial has given out more than $58,500 in scholarships to students attending 32 different colleges in 13 different states. Current high school juniors (you need to be a senior to enter) should get quacking.      

Win the Height Immunity Challenge

Tall Clubs International, a social organization for, umm, tall people, gives up to $1,000 to each tall student who receives its TCI Student Scholarship. Their lofty requirements? Women must be 5’10” or taller; men must be 6’2” or more. You’ll have to contact your nearest TCI Membership Club for sponsorship, but the organization’s Web site will help you find a big and tall club nearest you.   

Two different foundations offer scholarships for short people. Little People of America Inc. and the Bill Barty Foundation award scholarships of up to $1,000 to people of short stature. Both require proof of dwarfism.  

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